Source: Ocala Star Banner
Back in the 1960s, before Marion Oaks was even platted, an airline pilot purchased two square miles of land on County Road 484 about two miles west of Interstate 75. It would become The McGinley Farm, which produced corn and peanuts for decades.
By 2017, rumblings around town were that Richard McGinley was ready to turn the agricultural land into one of the largest industrial centers in Florida.
It was about four years ago when plans of transforming the 1,280-acre farm into Florida Crossroads Industrial Park were first unveiled. In the years since the property is being developed at breakneck speed.
The property is split into two sections by CR 484. About 75% of the acreage is on the south side of CR 484 and is home to Dollar Tree, a 1.9 million-square-foot distribution center and the centerpiece of the south portion.
McGinley is working with an investment group to plan out the north side. Along the north side of CR 484 there will be commercial, retail, and restaurants to “support a lot of people that will be working on the south side,” he said.
North of that commercial section, McGinley said there could end up being multi-family complexes, and/or single-family homes.
Southside master plan
The commission voted unanimously to allow for changes for the southern portion of the development fronting CR 484.
Mary Elizabeth Burgess, director of Marion County Growth Services, told commissioners that the new plan calls for 40 1.14-acre lots near CR 484.
The original concept was to put some uses, like a gas station and other things, and some type of restaurant, on the south side of CR 484. McGinley said the smaller lots will be commercial for possibly smaller warehouses.
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Marion County’s building permits are up, and we are doing more commercial buildings and housing than ever before. The county will be ahead of most communities and prepared to host dozens of national and world events.
Ocala’s distribution hub is already home to AutoZone, Chewy, FedEx and Amazon.
Recently opened is the World Equestrian Center or WEC. The largest equestrian complex in the United States is a world-class, multi-indoor and outdoor arena facility. It offers state-of-the-art amenities to accommodate numerous disciplines within the equine industry and more.
The economic boom is a result of the business community, especially the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, and government agencies working together.
“Everything in Ocala is the best in the world and will attract people from all over the world to our community,” Mayor Kent Guinn said.
Currently under construction is a $30 million natatorium, an indoor aquatics complex that organizers are calling FAST (Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training), and the Ina A. Colen Academy, a $24 million charter school. The school and the aquatics project are part of the Calesa Township which will eventually include 5,000 homes on more than 1,500 acres.
The aquatics facility will be an economic driver for Marion County. Events will draw people from across the country. The idea will be to host some of the nation’s most elite swimming and diving events.
A second commercial park, on a 1,000-acre site called the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park, includes a Dollar Tree distribution center.
Marion County is poised to become a Florida destination and its residents recognize that it’s a good investment.
If you’re interested in more information on the Ocala/Marion County market, give us a call today. We’d be happy to help (352) 414-1855.